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Re: Mopani Rest Camp

Unread postby pantera leo » Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:13 pm

Hello everyone I just finished a Trip Report of our stay at Mopani, anyone interested can have a look here Sweet Solitude Kruger Style June 2008
Especially if it is your first time visit.

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Re: Rain

Unread postby Sprocky » Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:14 am

This is what the entire area around Mopani looks like...green!!

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Ndzopforini on S136

Unread postby GregH » Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:42 pm

I came across what appears to be an old picnic site from days gone by – very close to the grass runway (not sure if this is still in use, looks a bit overgrown) where the Boulders camp northern private access road S136 meets the main tar road just south of Mopane Camp.
It is called Ndzopforini (from a old wooden sign hanging at the entrance).
It does not appear on any current map.
Anyone able to shed some light on this?

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Re: Ndzopforini on S136

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:43 pm

The name is however known.
It is the name of a pan, north-east of Vlakteplaas in the North of KNP.
It means "at the Tamboti tree."

Tamboti is common along most drainage lines in KNP.
So this site may have gained its name from trees in the area.
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Re: Ndzopforini on S136

Unread postby GregH » Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:20 pm

Here is an image I took of the site. It seems old and weathered. It has a central concrete platform which was obviously for fires. Made purely of wood into a circular boma. Also appears to be a long-drop to one side.

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Re: Ndzopforini on S136

Unread postby M.Paxton » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:38 pm

Greetings GregH

Ndzopforini is Mopani Camps bush braai sight.

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Re: Your thoughts on Mopani

Unread postby Pjw » Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:09 pm

I love Mopani camp :lol:
The viewing decks at the restaurant area is fantastic.
The chalets are well designed and private,
The pool is great.
Sightings in the north are usually a bit slower than down south around Skukuza and LS.
That being said, we saw one of the biggest herds of buffalo I've ever seen in Jan not far from the camp.
I have also seen lion not far from the camp.
Birding is usually better further north .
I suppose the age old rule of right place at the right time always applies :lol:
A big plus is that the roads are so much quieter refuter north and you can have a big 5 sighting all to yourself in this area
Why not try for one night at Shipandani bird hide.
Now that is a very special experience and its not far from Mopani
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Re: Your thoughts on Mopani

Unread postby ndloti » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:52 am

I assume you had bad luck , Alf .
The hospitality manager (assuming he is still there) Garth Holt has been camp manager at various camps that have received excellence awards .
I have not stayed there , too developed for me , it would appeal to me as it retains a degree of wild ambience due to the presence of indigenous vegetation and the positioning of the accomodation units .
KNP is sacred. I am opposed to the modernisation of Kruger and from the depths of my soul long for the Kruger of yesteryear! 1000+km on foot in KNP incl 56 wild trails.200+ nights in the wildernessndloti-indigenous name for serval.

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Re: Your thoughts on Mopani

Unread postby LizelleB » Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:25 am

Every person will always have their personal favourite but Mopani is definitely worth a visit.
We stayed there for a few nights in May and we are hoping to return soon.
The view is wonderful and the restaurant deck is a nice place for a social gathering.
The water sources on the side of the road attract many of the abundant playful and “relaxed” ellies from the North.
The picnic spot is very close and you are likely to see visiting animals there as well.
We have not seen any predators but that didn’t make our sightings any less special.
Our hut was clean and comfortable and we were able to enjoy many birds and reptile sightings from the comfort of our own bungalow.
I found the staff friendly and helpful, Kruger standard of course.
They returned my credit card which I forgot at the restaurant to me the next day.
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Re: Your thoughts on Mopani

Unread postby alf » Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:50 am

The BD4 bungalows all have nice kitchens which is outside on the patio. Try to get the following numbers which all have wonderful views over the dam: 44,46,47,49,50,51 or 54.
Made my booking for Desember 2014!! Whoohoo

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Re: Your thoughts on Mopani

Unread postby alf » Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:06 pm

Here is a picture of the kitchen

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Re: Your thoughts on Mopani

Unread postby G@mespotter » Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:10 pm

On a positive note :D

Answering your topic question, I would say Mopanie is an under-rated camp with a beautiful setting, with stunning bungalows.

Not situated in the Big5 hunters region, but IMHO if you have bungalows 49 or 51 then it's save to say you have one of the most beautiful spots in Kruger, to watch the sunset as the sun loses it's daily battle... :roll:

It's a purists place, and definately worth a visit. As to the restaurants: IT IS KRUGER, IT IS LOWVELD so expect slow service, unavailible products from time to time etc... It's not the Sandton area, where we can EXPECT better service :wink:

Just my 2 cents :thumbs_up:
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Re: Your thoughts on Mopani

Unread postby maddie2312 » Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:31 am

Here is an bit from my trip report, Mopani details starts half way down P12.
We were there for 2 nights in October

Here

We will definitely be back.
Desperate for my next Kruger fix!!!

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Re: Mopani Rest Camp

Unread postby iLoveMeerkats! » Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:48 am

Which units should you book if you want to have a good view?

Thanks.

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Re: Mopani Rest Camp

Unread postby Rob C » Sun Oct 10, 2010 8:51 am

Hut 10 without a doubt!
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